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'Hairspray' stage musical writer Mark O'Donnell dies at 58
'Hairspray' stage musical writer Mark O'Donnell dies at 58

Mark O'Donnell, a stage and comedy writer who won a Tony Award for his musical adaptation of the John Waters movie "Hairspray," has died at 58. He collapsed Monday in the lobby of his apartment building on New York's Upper West Side, according to the Associated Press. O'Donnell co-wrote the book for "Hairspray" with Thomas Meehan. The musical proved to be an enormous popular success when it opened on Broadway in 2002, and it played for nearly seven years. It also became a hit touring show and was produced last summer at the Hollywood Bowl.    In 2007, O'Donnell and Meehan re-teamed for another John Waters adaptation,...